Oldest Reader

Mr. Jay Morris has to be our oldest reader! He was at the Maury County Library Saturday (which, by the way, was a fantastic event). He and daughter Bettie, who has not aged a bit since our cheerleader days, came to get books signed. Mr. Jay said, “Your daddy and I went to school together. We were born the same year – 08.” I had to think about that. 1908! Yes, that was when my dad was born. He died about 15 years ago, so it had not occurred to me that he’d be 103 if he were living.  Here was Mr. Jay, spry and full of himself at 103! He has to be the oldest reader of our book. He added, “You know we’re cousins!”  Proud to be related, Mr. Jay!

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I write a little bit of everything - fiction, nonfiction, and sometimes even poetry. For twenty years I served on the English faculty at Nashville State Community College, where I taught composition, literature, and creative writing. I was editor of the literary magazine, Tetrahedra, for eight years, and it was one of the joys of my career to see student writers get their first opportunity to be published. I earned my B.S. in Education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and received my M.A. in English from Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee. My home is Nashville, close to my two daughters and their families. I like to play tennis and play the piano. Tuesday nights, I meet with a writers group that I've been in for more years than I will say!

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